2015B NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

2015B NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 10 4
Start date August 9, 2015
End date August 30, 2015
Awards
Drivers' champion N/A
Constructors' Champion N/A
Privateers' Champion N/A
Manufacturers' Cup N/A
Nations' Cup N/A
Tires' Cup N/A
Endurance Cup N/A
Chronology
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2015A 2016A

The 2015B NASA RallyCross Challenge season was the tenth season of the championship. Josh Mertz returned to defend his championship, but due to Section 1.1 of the NASA RallyCross Regulations was unable to successfully defend his title. The season was cut to four races due to rising costs and dwindling entries.

Background

The biggest storyline of the 2015B season is longtime friends and rivals Josh Mertz and Dylan Livengood announced in the offseason that they would be coming together for 2015B. MRT and Revolution Racing will still compete, but their lead drivers will race for the new privately owned Aftershock Motorsports.

2015B Schedule

Round Circuit Location
1 Croft RallyCross 22px Croft, GBR
2 Valkenwaard RallyCross 22px Valkenwaard, NED
3 Island Rally 22px Long Island, NY, USA
4 Talladega RallyCross 22px Talladega, AL, USA

Calendar Changes

  • The NASA Proving Grounds have been removed after a single season reboot of the race.
  • NASA will experiment with a dirt figure eight track in a TBD location as an all-star race.
  • The newly renamed Area52 Designs Endurance Cup has returned.
  • Talladega, Bent Twig, Riverside, and Irwindale all return. Talladega was not featured at all in 2015A, along with Bent Twig. The latter two were cut when the season ended early.
  • Long Beach, while contracted for 2015A, is not featured in 2015B.

2015B Drivers and Teams

Entry List

NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score constructor points
Manufacturer Constructor Tire Individual Team No. Driver Rounds
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza)
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
22px Aftershock Motorsports Template:Hankook Pizza Hut RallyCross Team 1 22px Josh Mertz All
SPEED Energy Racing 51 22px Dylan Livengood All
22px Subaru MRT Template:Bridgestone Klondike RallyCross Team 27 22px Tristan Hagenstein All
FedEx RallyCross Team 38 22px Tim Johnston 1-2
VaporShark RallyCross Team 199 22px Steve Rada 1-2
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
22px Revolution Racing Template:Hoosier Revolution Racing 22 22px Dylan Smith All
K1 Revolution Racing 71 22px Chris Wetz All
Volkswagen
(Volkswagen Polo RX)
22px LMT Red Bull/Repsol VW Template:Pirelli LMT Repsol 13 22px Tanner Smith 1-3
LMT Red Bull 21 22px Brandon Lambert 1-3
22px Area 52 Racing Template:Pirelli FiveTwo Racing 52 22px Cody Erdmann 1
FiveSquared Racing 55 22px Kyle Vergata 1
NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score privateer points
Citroën
(Citroën C4 RX)
22px BIG EVIL Racing Template:Yokohama BIG EVIL Racing 25 22px Chad Mikosz 2, 4
Ford
(Ford Focus RX)
22px DeNise Autosport Template:Michelin Eneos/Loenbro Rally Team 10 22px Doug DeNise All
22px Ford Racing Australia Template:Continental SP Tools Racing 17 22px Mark Sebetka 1
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Evo IX)
22px Giacalone Motorsports Template:Firestone Pennzoil Racing 5 22px Vincent Giacalone 1
22px BIG EVIL Racing Template:Michelin BIG EVIL Racing 25 22px Chad Mikosz 1
22px Nicholson RallyCross Template:Michelin Mitsubishi RalliArt - Finland 91 22px Brandon Nicholson 1-2
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
22px V2 Motorsports Template:BF Goodrich Hot Wheels Rally 23 22px Cole DesRosiers 2


Team and Driver Changes

  • Josh Mertz and Dylan Livengood leave their respective teams of MRT and Revolution Racing to form their own team, Aftershock Motorsports.
  • Cody Erdmann left MRT to re-open Area 52 Racing.
  • Tanner Smith left Revolution Racing to partner up with the returning Brandon Lambert.
  • As a result, Dylan Smith left MRT to join Revolution Racing in Tanner's absence.
  • MRT subsequently signed Steve Rada and Tim Johnston.
  • Dunn LaPradd Incorporated becomes a Constructor team, with Dunn LaPradd and Brandon Nicholson driving.
  • Tristan Hagenstein will return to MRT as a part-time driver, moving Steve Rada to MRT Junior when Hagenstein races.

Events

Results

Rd. Race Seeding Quarter Final 1 Quarter Final 2 Quarter Final 3 Semi-Final A Semi-Final B LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu Private Winner
1 22px Croft 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Josh Mertz 22px Tanner Smith 22px Brandon Nicholson 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Tristan Hagenstein 22px Dylan Smith 22px Tanner Smith 22px LMT 22px Volkswagen 22px Chad Mikosz
2 22px Valkenswaard 22px Dylan Smith 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Josh Mertz 22px Brandon Lambert 22px Tanner Smith 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Smith 22px Dylan Smith 22px Revolution Racing 22px Mitsubishi 22px Chad Mikosz
3 22px Island Rally 22px Josh Mertz 22px Tanner Smith 22px Chris Wetz1 N/A 22px Josh Mertz 22px Tristan Hagenstein 22px Chris Wetz1 22px Josh Mertz 22px Aftershock Motorsports 22px Subaru 22px Doug DeNise
4 22px Talladega 22px Chris Wetz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Dylan Smith N/A 22px Tristan Hagenstein 22px Doug DeNise 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Josh Mertz 22px Aftershock Motorsports 22px Subaru 22px Doug DeNise

Championship Standings

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
22px Croft 22px Tanner Smith 3
22px Valkenswaard 22px Josh Mertz 1
22px Island Rally 8
22px Talladega 19

2015A Drivers' Championship

Points are awarded to the top 16 finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   QF Win   SF Win 
Points 20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 1


Pos. Driver Cup Team GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 
1 22px Josh Mertz C Pizza Hut RallyCross Team 21 42 1A 11 77
2 22px Dylan Livengood C SPEED Energy Racing 5A 21 6N1 6 58
3 22px Dylan Smith C Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 4LCQ 1LCQ 7 52 57
4 22px Tristan Hagenstein C Klondike RallyCross Team 3B DNS 3B 2A 55
5 22px Chris Wetz C K1 Revolution Racing 14 3B 2LCQ (N1) 3 53
6 22px Tanner Smith C LMT Repsol 13 7A 51 47
7 22px Brandon Lambert C LMT Red Bull 6 53 4 38
8 22px Doug DeNise P Eneos/Loenbro Rally Team 10 10 8 4B 37
9 22px Chad Mikosz P Mikosz Racing 9 6 8 27
10 22px Brandon Nicholson P Mitsubishi RalliArt-Finland 83 DNS DNS 23
11 22px Steve Rada C VaporShark RallyCross Team 12 9 DNS 21
12 22px Tim Johnston C FedEx RallyCross Team 7 8 19
13 22px Arnold Columbia P Team Klondike 7 6
14 22px Jonathan Taylor P Triad Racing 9 8
15 22px Vincent Giacalone P Pennzoil Racing 11 6
16 22px Cole DesRosiers P Hot Wheels Rally 11 6
17 22px Mark Sebetka P SP Tools Racing 13 4
Pos. Driver Cup Team GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Made Final, Points Finish
Red Made Final, Non-Points Finish
Blue Missed final, Points Finish
Purple Missed final, Non-Points Finish
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Suspended (SUS)
Icon Championship
C Constructors
P Privateers

Bold – Fastest time in seeding
1 2 – Winner of Quarterfinal 1, 2, or 3
A B – Winner of Semifinal A or B
LCQ – Winner of the Last Chance Qualifier

2015B Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 
1 22px Subaru 2 2 1 1 81
2 22px Mitsubishi 4 1 2 3 67
3 22px Volkswagen 1 5 4 49
4 22px Ford 10 10 8 4 37
5 22px Citroën 6 8 20
Pos. Manufacturer GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 

2015A Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 
1 22px Aftershock Motorsports 1 21 42 1A 11 132
51 5A 21 6 6
2 22px Revolution Racing 22 4LCQ 1LCQ 7 52 116
71 10 3B 2LCQ 3
2 22px LMT Red Bull/Repsol Volkswagen 13 13 6A 51 85
21 6 53 4
4 22px Subaru MRT 27 3B DNS 3B 2A 75
38 7 7
199 9 8 DNS
Pos. Constructor No. GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Made Final, Points Finish
Red Made Final, Non-Points Finish
Blue Missed final, Points Finish
Purple Missed final, Non-Points Finish
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Suspended (SUS)

2015B Privateers' Cup

Pos. Driver Team GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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CAN
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NEG
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BTW
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LV
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RVR
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IRW
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 Pts 
Pos. Driver Team GBR
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NED
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ISR
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TAL
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CAN
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NEG
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BTW
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LV
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RVR
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IRW
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 Pts